Mothers in Business: Jen Cullen Williams, Managing Director, Luxury Brand Group
If you haven’t officially met, some of you have at least seen her busily flitting from place to place at any given jewelry show, her lovely, bubbly personality magnetic from even afar. As the managing director at Luxury Brand Group (LBG), a full-service brand communications agency specializing in fine jewelry, Cullen Williams is indispensable to the industry, connecting brands, journalists, and consumers all together. A beloved figure in the industry, this brand-new mama has plenty of other responsibilities too, from her involvement with the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), helming a recently-founded local community of moms, and working with her husband on his business, a local branch of gyms. And we did mention she recently had a baby, right? An inspiration to all, this is Jen Cullen Williams.
Christmastime is here
Well, it’s here! (We’re not entirely sure how it’s Christmas again already, but we’re here for it!) This weekend may be filled with last-minute shopping, cookie-baking, tree-trimming, or cleaning the house for incoming guests. Or, you might be really good at getting things done in advance, and in that case, enjoy the downtime!
Have a safe, warm, and wonderful holiday, whatever you do!
Until a few years ago, I was one of those people who let my life go on auto-pilot. Life is complicated: We all walk around happy and distracted, and sometimes, without even realizing it, we’re on cruise control. Everyone talks about how nothing good happens when you are in your comfort zone, but how and when do you realize that it’s time to move out of it?
There was a lot of turbulence before our flight was about to land. Everyone was screaming on the plane. Dallas was experiencing a thunderstorm, and we were stuck flying through it. My kids were with me and my son was worried. I was panicking, but at that time I realized that I needed to be there for him.
Mothers in Business: Brandee Dallow
To read the storied history of Brandee Dallow’s career is to take a journey through a number of newsworthy moments in the jewelry industry’s recent history—and the mom of two is just getting started. After years of working for a number of big-name companies (details below), Dallow has started her own company, Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building. Between her budding business growing a healthy list of clients and nurturing a young family, among other activities (did we mention she’s president of the Women’s Jewelry Association?), you could say there is no dull day in the life of Brandee Dallow. Here, she tells us all about it.
The weekend of Thanks
It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, so if you need help polishing off those last-minute plans, you came to the right place. We’ve laid out some of the best recipes we’ve seen on the internet in the weeks leading up to Turkey Day, no matter how you’re celebrating.
Mothers in Business: Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America
As a mom to two young boys, any woman would find their days filled with plenty of activity. But Amanda Gizzi isn’t just raising a family— she’s also growing and supporting an industry. As the director of public relations and special events for Jewelers of America, Gizzi works around the clock promoting its members in an effort to help them shine their brightest, and in turn, strengthening an industry that continues evolve. Oh, and did we mention? She also happens to be the president of the Women’s Jewelry Association, New York Chapter.
The adult Halloween edition
We have two more weekends to go (counting this one) until Halloween is finally here! If you have kids, you may be planning to spend Halloween evening or even the prior weekend attending to all sorts of family-friendly Halloween festivities. But fear not, adults: This weekend is yours! There is a bevy of sophisticated party ideas—from an all-out bash to a quiet night in—for a more mature crowd to enjoy the holiday. Here are some of our favorites.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we plan to.
The Weekend List Vol. 7
Getting in the fall spirit
It’s officially fall— even if the weather hasn’t caught on yet—so we’re getting in the spirit! As the calendar turns to October this Sunday, it’s time to embrace the season and get planning for Halloween. This weekend is a busy one, from working all of Saturday at an Expat Women’s Global Career Summit to running the Bridge to Bridge 12K on Sunday.. We are going to have to make this a three day weekend.
It hasn’t been long since I returned from India, where I spent three weeks celebrating family and conducting some business, too. While I have returned with many treasured memories, one of my fondest remnants of this trip may just be the gemstones I acquired there—in particular spinels.